Huawei’s Mate X Is the Foldable Phone You Might Actually Want

Posted on February 25, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Android, Hardware with 33 Comments

When Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold, almost everyone was really surprised by the phone. Samsung’s take on the foldable phone was so far the best we had seen — and surprisingly, that didn’t last too long. Huawei unveiled its own foldable phone, the Mate X, just yesterday and it’s much more than the Galaxy Fold.

Huawei’s Mate X comes with a huge 8-inch (8:7.1 aspect ratio) display when opened, and when folded, you get a full 6.6-inch (19.5:9 aspect ratio) display on the front, as well as a 6.38-inch (25:9 aspect ratio) on the back of the device. The display on the back serves as a secondary display, that can, for example, show the camera preview when you are taking pictures with the rear camera. But more importantly, the 6.6-inch display on the front that you get when folded beats the Galaxy Fold’s tiny 4.6-inch display. That was really the biggest down point of the Galaxy Fold, making the device look really odd when folded.

Even then, the Huawei Mate X is only 5.4mm thick when opened, and that’s thinner than the newest iPad Pro. When folded, the device is only 11mm thick, and that’s still thinner than most other foldable devices that we have seen so far.

Design wise, the Mate X easily beats the Galaxy Fold — there are no notches on the display, and you are getting an almost edge-to-edge display design that looks really beautiful.

Under the hood, the Mate X comes with the “world’s first” 7nm 5G chipset with the Kirin 980 and Balong 5000. It comes with up to 8GB RAM and 512GB of storage. The device has a 4500mAh battery that can be quickly charged with Huawei’s 55W SuperCharge that can give you 85% charge in just 30 minutes.

Huwaei still has some work to do on the software front, though. Unlike the Galaxy Fold, you can only run 2 apps side-by-side at a time on the Mate X, which isn’t too bad but the Galaxy Fold’s ability to run three apps at a time is going to be really useful. At 2,299 Euro (roughly $2600), however, the Mate X costs much more than the $1980 Galaxy Fold. It will be available sometime around mid-2019.

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